gasthof buchwald eppaner hoehenweg
gasthof buchwald eppaner hoehenweg

Hike on the Appiano High Route to Buchwald

This hike of medium difficulty follows the slopes of Mt. Mendola and offers a stunning with to the Dolomites.

At the Steinegger tavern (650 m a.s.l.) in the west of San Michele Appiano, our tour starts. First we have to walk up at an altitude of almost 1,000 m a.s.l. in order to reach the Alta Via d'Appiano, or Appiano High Route (Eppaner Höhenweg). There are two possibilities: either the easier, but longer trail via Masaccio (Masatsch), or the shorter and more challenging tour at the forested trail of Forcolana. We decide for the latter option. Finally we reach the crossing where the two routes join, directly under a debris cone at the riverside. Now we proceed towards north, with modest ascent.

Further on the trail proceeds even downwards. What is particularly impressive regarding this tour are the views on the villages of Appiano and Bolzano, in the background the Dolomites. The trail no. 9 meets the parallel forested road, at the next crossing we follow the signposts to "Buchwald" (Faedo) instead of heading for Gaido. Finally it is high time to make a lunch break.

At the Buchwald tavern, the one and only tavern far and wide. It is by the way located in the heart of a colourful flower meadow at the foot of Mt. Ganda. After lunch we enjoy the view, before we proceed. On the trail 546 we reach a bar (short before reaching the road to Predonico), where we take the San Valentino trail (8B), returning to the Steinegger tavern. This is where we have further possibilities to enjoy a great view on Appiano.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Steinegger tavern
Signposts: 540, Furglau forest path, 9, Appiano High Route, 10, "nach Buchwald", 546, 8B, San Valentino forest path
Walking time: about 3.5 hours
Trail length: approx. 8.5 km
Altitude difference: approx. 500 m
Altitude level: between 610 and 1,030 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: May 2011

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